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Everything You Wanted to Know About Booking Hotel Rooms: The Hotwire Edition

May 2, 2008 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here at HotelChatter we get all sorts of questions about booking hotel rooms such as where to book (boutique hotel or a place with a loyalty program?), how to book (phone or website?), how to get a cheap rate, how to get free upgrades and the always lovely "Can you hook me up with a free room?" (We can't.)

But we do realize that you have a lot of good questions about booking hotel rooms. So once a week we're running Everything You Wanted to Know About Booking Hotel Rooms where we will give you the latest news, advice, tips, and answers on booking a room. And just maybe we'll be able to hook you up with a free room after all.

This week we spent some time chatting with Clem Bason, the VP of Merchandising for Hotwire.

For those of you unfamiliar with Hotwire's hotel roulette, here's how it works: You select a hotel in a city that's has whatever location, star rating, and amenities that you desire. The price is listed but the hotel name is not.

Then once you select your hotel and hand over your credit card info, Hotwire tells you what hotel you will be staying in. You can't change the selection and the room is non-refundable. So it's truly for those on a budget or those who just want a bargain buy high which btw, is addicting and habit-forming.

Now Clem fills us in on some more advice about booking a hotel room on Hotwire.

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